Shem Oirere

Shem Oirere

Contributing Editor

Shem Oirere is a Kenyan journalist who previously worked for daily newspapers as a general news correspondent, business reporter and sub-editor before turning to full-time freelancing. For the more than 20 years, he has covered various sectors of Africa’s economy including agriculture, food processing, and maritime industries. A graduate of the University of South Africa, he has traveled within and outside Africa covering various industry events that have a bearing on the continent’s economy on behalf of different international consumer and trade publications. He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

Published on
October 23, 2020

Global nonprofit marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd is pleading the Yemeni government to detain, investigate, and prosecute a vessel suspected to be involved in toothfish poaching in the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) convention area. 

Sea Shepherd said the suspected poacher, Cobija, “was listed as anchored in the Port of Mukalla in the Republic of Yemen through the Yemen

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Published on
October 22, 2020

The signing of the Abraham Accords in Washington D.C. between the United Arab Emirates and Israel last September has opened new investment opportunities in the Middle East’s aquaculture market, as the two parties pledge cooperation in ensuring sustainable agricultural development to achieve the region’s food security.

Among the first beneficiaries of the U.S.-brokered accord is U.A.E.’s Aqua Bridge, which has confirmed striking

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Published on
October 20, 2020

Nine county governments in Kenya have signed a memorandum of understanding with the national government to participate in a KES 14.9 billion (USD 136 million, EUR 115.8 million) Aquaculture Business Development Program (ABDP) that is partly financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

"The program is going to see an increment in income over eight years and enhance food and nutrition status in poor households involved

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Published on
October 15, 2020

Even as landings at Kenya’s second-largest freshwater lake – Lake Naivasha – increased by 188 percent between 2015 and 2019, persistent illegal fishing activities continue to threaten the water body’s potential.

That trend is expected to be reversed after Kenyan government has deployed its Coast Guard and other agencies to tackle the problem of unauthorized fishing operations.

Under an agreement between the national

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Published on
October 12, 2020

Namibia’s much awaited auction of government-held fishing rights – held to raise funds to contain the coronavirus pandemic – has ended in disappointment after the sale attracted bids for 1.3 percent of the USD 38 million (EUR 32.3 million) that were on offer, according to a report quoting Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi.

The auction, which was targeting foreign fishing vessels and operators, would have seen Namibia offload 60

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Published on
October 6, 2020

African tilapia producer Lake Harvest has signed a five-year broodfish supply agreement with Benchmark Holding’s subsidiary Spring Genetics that gives the commercial aquaculture company exclusive access to tilapia species with improved resistance to diseases and superior performance traits …

Photo courtesy of Benchmark

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Published on
October 2, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company Premier Fishing SA, an affiliate of listed Premier Fishing and Brands Limited, has issued 30 percent of its total share capital to more than 900 of its employees, and to fishing communities in selected areas where the firm operates.

The transaction, which the company describes in a media statement as one of the “largest of its kind in South Africa and in the fishing sector,” would see 20

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Published on
October 1, 2020

Weeks after the Mauritius government ordered fishermen to keep away from the country’s beaches and lagoons due to the oil spill that has impacted the coastal Blue Bay, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a USD 500,000 (EUR 429,118) emergency assistance grant to support international recovery efforts in cleaning up the oil spill that has drawn global attention.

Mauritius, which has one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones

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Published on
September 25, 2020

Kenya’s aspiration to boost its fishing sector is gaining momentum with the development of a new modern fishing port and the streamlining of the ownership and operation of fish-landing sites.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has injected fresh energy into the ongoing renovation, operationalization, and expansion of  the Liwatoni Fisheries Complex on the country’s coast by ordering the project’s completion by March 2021.

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Published on
September 23, 2020

Qatar, a net seafood importer, plans to reduce its import bill and scale up production to meet at least 90 percent of the country’s fish consumption needs by 2023 according to a new report …

Photo courtesy of Fitria

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